Sex education to be given overhaul after huge consultation project
The sex education curriculum that young people receive is to be given its biggest shake-up ever after the government launched a large-scale consultation designed to make it relevant for the 21st century.
Incredibly, sex and relationships education (SRE) guidelines have not been updated since the year 2000, long before the advent of smartphones, sexting and even widespread use of broadband.
It means some of the advice given in schools and youth centres is likely to be wildly irrelevant - and the Department for Education now says this is "unacceptable". It wants to have new guidance in place for autumn 2019 to better equip young people with the help they need to navigate modern sex lives.
As such, an eight-week consultation has begun that will see parents, youngsters and a range of other stakeholders asked about what they believe should be included in SRE.
For instance, it's likely that the issue of LGBT relationships will come up for discussion, as they have never featured in SRE before. Similarly, the dangers of online grooming and the sharing of explicit pictures will probably be put forward in the consultation, as both of these topics are now an enormous problem in Britain and across the western world.
The news comes after it was revealed in March that SRE would be compulsory in all of England's schools, including academies.
Education secretary Justine Greening said: "This call for evidence is about giving teachers, parents and especially young people a chance to help shape that new approach and I'd urge them to take part."
With so much in the news recently about consent and assault, the consultation is also sure to bring up sexual offences and how to reduce their occurrence.
Anything that promotes healthy, happy sex lives can only be a good thing in our book, so we'd urge anyone invited to get involved and give youngsters the benefit of a relevant sex education.